Bad Medicine Campground

Troy, Montana

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Driving the densely forested access road to this campground provides a strong contrast to the dramatic peaks you see to the east along MT 56. Part of the 94,000-acre Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, these mountains top out at under 7,000 feet but seem to tower over the landscape. It’s not an optical illusion. The fact that their base elevations are so low provides 4,000 feet of visible mountainside, making them just as impressive as the 10,000-foot peaks around Red Lodge. In this peaceful setting on the southwest corner of Bull Lake, you’ll find a variety of options under the conifer canopy. The well-spaced sites are level, and tents definitely rule the upper blufftop loop. The sites there are plentiful and spacious, and it’s easy to orient your camp to create privacy. Sites 3, 4, and 12–15 are best for tenters, especially family groups.
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Best Tent Camping: Montana

by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

Driving the densely forested access road to this campground provides a strong contrast to the dramatic peaks you see to the east along MT 56. Part of the 94,000-acre Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, these mountains top out at under 7,000 feet but seem to tower over the landscape. It’s not an optical illusion. The fact that their base elevations are so low provides 4,000 feet of visible mountainside, making them just as impressive as the 10,000-foot peaks around Red Lodge.

In this peaceful setting on the southwest corner of Bull Lake, you’ll find a variety of options under the conifer canopy. The well-spaced sites are level, and tents definitely rule the upper blufftop loop. The sites there are plentiful and spacious, and it’s easy to orient your camp to create privacy. Sites 3, 4, and 12–15 are best for tenters, especially family groups.

© 2017 Jan and Christina Nesset/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Troy
Campsites: 16 Sites
Season: Year-round when accessible; full services Memorial Day weekend–Labor Day.
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Hiking, Camping
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Kootenai National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District. 406-295-4693, www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai
Fees per Night: $10
Facilities: Water spigots, vault toilets, boat ramp, beach, picnic area.
Driving Directions: Directions to Bad Medicine Campground

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